September 2022
ExPGC Reimagined
Experience Prince George's continues to promote Prince George’s County as a desired destination for hospitality and tourism and your membership is key to the success of our community. ExPGC aggressively markets to enhance awareness of our businesses, attractions and assets and there’s no better way to highlight our destination than with your partnership! Join ExPGC and partner with us for the future! Application available by visiting: https://www.experienceprincegeorges.com/member/
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Industry News
According to CoStar, the demand for hotels among business travelers will return to 2019 peak levels by the end of next year.
The three factors that are contributing to the slower recovery of business travel demand include: company work-from-home policies, executives reevaluating the value of business travel against teleconferencing technology and a broader economic slowdown.
Like many industries, travel faced a reckoning in 2020. Campaigns like #PullUpForTravel, generated by the Black Travel Alliance (BTA), called on brands to move beyond performative gestures to create lasting change. Some individuals, like BTA president and diversity-in-travel consultant Martinique Lewis, have continued to hold these companies to account; for her part, Lewis (who was also a member of Traveler's 2021 Advisory Board) has started releasing an annual scorecard to assess how companies address points of diversity, like race, ability, and gender.
Everyone is talking about travel, whether this is the frequent rail strikes in the UK, the many delays and flight cancellations due to the lack of staff or the travel chaos caused by issues at borders. This can be hugely frustrating and has a debilitating effect on all travelers.
Meetings & Events
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are strategic business imperatives event planners look at when choosing the site of their next gathering. Demographics and the political climate are also important facets of a destination being considered for an event. 
Virtual meetings are great. Admit it — we all have learned to do digital meetings pretty well, and sometimes they are preferable and less of a hassle. But sometimes in-person meetings are better for our employees — and even more efficient.
Arts & Culture
Walking through the steep, narrow servant staircases of Riversdale House, it’s hard not to be struck by how separated you are from the dramatic halls, dining room, and parlors in the rest of the mansion. You feel hidden. And for the approximately 55 enslaved African American workers that maintained this estate, they were. Now over 200 years later, staff at the Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park want to bring these stories out of the shadows to not only present a more accurate narrative, but to restore a connection to descendants of the plantation and the Prince George’s County community as a whole.

Honor the enslaved ancestors with a celebration of resilience, wellness, and community engagement at Riversdale House Museum Saturday, September 17 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm.
  • Performance by Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble
  • Traditional, healthy African American cooking demonstrations
  • Descendant networking
  • Hands-on archaeological digs
  • Family activities
Learn more about Echoes of the Enslaved here - https://bit.ly/3PokwXY
Bowie State University will host panels on animation, fashion design and other topics in conjunction with the inaugural Prince George’s County Film Festival (PGFF) to be held Sept. 22-25 at the MGM National Harbor, Sunset Room at National Harbor, and the university. Bowie State will host events on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center
Entertainment
Gaylord Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy's portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, is thrilled to announce the long-awaited return of ICE!, the brand's legendary Christmas marquee experience, that will once again anchor Christmas at all five Gaylord Hotels this upcoming festive season. After a two-year hiatus, ICE! will once again bring to life its mammoth holiday-themed, immersive ice displays at Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee, Gaylord Texan in Texas, Gaylord Palms in Florida, Gaylord Rockies in Colorado, and Gaylord National in Maryland.
With an incredible line up of songs influenced by the blues, funk and hard rock genres, Widespread Panic has been creating music for over 3 decades. Selling millions of records and selling out numerous shows. They have been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame for their influential and skillful music. Known for songs like “Little Lilly” and “Hope in a Hopeless World”, the group will be returning to the stage to perform their timeless classics! You will not want to miss this grand jam band performance at the Theater at MGM National Harbor, September 16-18.
See the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television's longest running and most popular game show…from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™ to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase. If you’re a fan of The Price Is Right™ on TV, you’ll no doubt love this exciting, live (non-televised), on-stage version of the show!


Grab some snacks, a blanket, and lawn chair and head to Watkins Regional Park to enjoy a FREE movie under the stars. King Richard will be showing on the big screen on September 16, 7-9 pm. 

Gaylord National Harbor will showcase an extraordinary lineup of Goblins & Giggles-themed live entertainment, family-friendly events, seasonal activities and more. Goblins and Giggles will add a new dimension to the storytelling at the Gaylord National Resort. This event will create several experiences that captivate a multi-generational audience for the Halloween season from September 16 through October 29.
Celebrate Africa returns this September to Bladensburg Waterfront Park! 
Scheduled for September 25th, 2022 from 12 - 6 pm, this year marks the fifth anniversary of this award-winning festival. As in the past, the festival will continue to honor the artistic and cultural contributions of the African immigrant community to Prince George’s County and beyond. 
Sports & Recreation
The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), will make its debut at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro October 25-30. WIHS is one of the most prestigious, competitive and exciting equestrian sporting events in North America. WIHS is an FEI World Cup Qualifier, and carries the top CSI5* rating. Held annually in October, WIHS brings together the finest and most talented horses and riders from across the country and around the world for seven days of top jumper, hunter and equitation competition, equestrian entertainment, and community and charity events. 
The 24-year-old Tiafoe, who grew up in Riverdale in Prince George’s County, put on a performance just as strong, if not stronger, than the one he used to eliminate 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. “Man, man, this is wild. This is crazy. Had the biggest win of my life 24 hours ago. That’s huge growth. It’s tough to turn the page,” said Tiafoe, who is seeded 22nd at Flushing Meadows. 
Food & Beverage
Pure Sweet Indulgence Bakery and Cafe has opened in College Park. Located at 9658 Baltimore Ave., Suite 106, not far from the intersection with Cherry Hill Road, the bakery and cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and handcrafted desserts. Owner Janice Queen told the Hyattsville Wire that her primary customers are office workers, consumers, school teachers and construction workers commuting past the bakery. But she also offers cakes and dessert tables for all occasions.
Although summer is almost over, there is still time to enjoy some warm weather activities. DCist/WAMU compiled a list of the top item of their end-of-summer bucket list, the one thing they’re going to make sure to do before the leaves start to fall. DCist Kojo Nnamdi, Host of The Politics Hour
“I’m a big crab eater. Not far out of town, I go to Ruff N Ready Crab House in Prince George’s County...” Ruff N Ready Crab House, 903 Chillum Rd, Hyattsville, MD. 
Maryland Restaurant Week is back for its third year, kicking off September 16th. For ten days, all counties and restaurants will come together to celebrate and support our industry.
The dining public is invited to enjoy these Maryland Restaurant Week-specific specials September 16-25, 2022. Brought to you by the Restaurant Association of Maryland and generous sponsors.
Community Highlights
Big changes are already happening around the New Carrollton Metro station in Maryland. There’s a big Kaiser Permanente facility, not to mention lots and lots of new housing going up where vast concrete parking lots used to overflow with cars parked by commuters. Eventually, the Purple Line will originate from there, as well.
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